Cold Blow these Winter Winds: A Celtic Celebration of Christmas

Danbury, Connecticut, USA – Cold
Blow these Winter Winds
(Green Linnet #1229) is a new holiday album featuring a star-studded line-up
of traditional musicians from Scotland and the North of England. It was recorded
live at a benefit concert at Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland, on December 21, 2003.
The album features Eliza Carthy, Rory McLeod, Mary MacMaster
(the Poozies), Aaron Jones (Old Blind Dogs), singer Karine Polwart (Malinky),
harpist Corrina Hewat and many others, all under the artistic direction of
Edinburgh pianist Dave Milligan. The new
CD includes the traditional carols “Lullay lullay” and “Christ Child’s Lullaby,”
an a cappella performance by Eliza Carthy on “Dives and Lazarus,” Rory McLeod
singing John Prine’s “Christmas in Prison,” a rollicking version of Shane
MacGowan’s “Fairytale of New York,” and an instrumental “Little Drummer Boy”
with Rory Campbell’s Border pipes leading the way.

is a fantastic line-up, that made for a very special night
,” says Campbell.
It’s seasonal material relating to the Christmas period, but don’t be afraid to
play this music at any time of the year. Try belting out ‘Little Drummer Boy’ in
July. I did!

Blow these Winter Winds

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.